Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus As a Former Catholic

Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus As a Former Catholic

by Christopher A. Castaldo

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“This is the best book I have read that chronicles such pilgrimages. And it is full of godly commonsense.” —D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “A refreshing change…[Castaldo] shows respect for the tradition from which he departed” —Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of


“This is the best book I have read that chronicles such pilgrimages. And it is full of godly commonsense.” —D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “A refreshing change…[Castaldo] shows respect for the tradition from which he departed” —Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University. Author of Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic. “Very important [and] very helpful!” —J.I. Packer, Professor of Theology, Regent College Do you dread conversation at Christmas dinner with your Catholic family? At weddings, funerals, and holidays? Chris Castaldo has wrestled personally with this question and many more. Perhaps you have too. Whether you are a former Roman Catholic or know someone who is, you’ll find helpful answers and encouraging support within these pages. Like: how can Evangelicals and Catholics reach such different conclusions from the same Scripture? When I talk about my faith with my Catholic family, why does someone always get upset? How does my Catholic background still influence my views of God and salvation? And how should I talk with my Catholic friends about Jesus? More than providing historical perspective, theological reflection, and practical lessons, Holy Ground is a dynamic exploration of how to emulate both the grace and truth of the Lord Jesus Christ in relation to the Catholic people you love.

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Library Journal
Castaldo (pastor of outreach & church planting, College Church) writes as a former Roman Catholic who has converted to evangelical Protestantism. He places himself in the "positive identity" camp now—that is, among those who cooperate warily with Catholics in some matters while remaining critical of Catholic polity and doctrine. While some readers may be uncomfortable with Castaldo's evangelism, mild and centrist as it is, his book importantly addresses the mutual ignorance many Christian denominations have of each other, especially at the lay level. VERDICT A useful, if not unbiased, survey of the differences between Catholicism and conservative Christianity.

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“Chris Castaldo offers a provocative challenge. For Evangelicals to recognize that their Catholic friends and family can, yes, know Jesus. He also offers insight into why so many former Catholics---the second largest religious group in the U.S.---have found a home in the Evangelical Christian world.” -- Peter Feuerherd

“Holy Ground is much more than an excellent treatment of the longstanding and significant doctrinal differences between Catholicism and Evangelicalism, though it is certainly that. Breaking new ground, it also explores the personal dilemmas and real-life experiences which former Catholics face as they seek to move forward as Evangelicals. Well researched, up to date, and insightful, this book will enrich the most strained Catholic-Evangelical relationships with a compelling balance of grace and truth.” -- Dorington G. Little

“Principled and gracious, theological and practical, full of careful reasoning and warm illustrations---this is a book I will recommend to others. Even if you think Castaldo is too hard or too soft on Catholics here or there, you will surely benefit from his personal research and sensitive analysis. This book does a great service to the Evangelical church. And it just might help a few Catholics too.” -- Kevin DeYoung

“As a former Catholic turned Protestant who eventually ended up going to seminary in preparation for full-time ministry, I found Holy Ground to be an accurate and helpful resource. I wish it had been around when I was trying to understand church history and doctrine, especially as it relates to the chasm that still exists between Protestants and Catholics. I genuinely appreciate Chris Castaldo’s sensitivity in approaching the differences in a way that is respectful, thought provoking, and accurate. I am certain that engaging, grace-filled dialogue will follow from this instructive book, leading Protestants and Catholics alike to a greater understanding of one another and what they believe.” -- Mary Schaller

“Even those with no Catholic background will appreciate Chris Castaldo’s wit and wisdom as he tiptoes through the landmines in Holy Ground.” -- Collin Hansen, , Author

“If you’ve had enough of Evangelical writers who make a straw man of the Roman Catholic Church and then proceed to knock it down, Holy Ground is for you. As a Catholic-turned-Evangelical, Chris Castaldo is perfectly positioned to offer honest critique of his former church home and to help Evangelicals see their own shortcomings as well. Written from an insider’s perspective, this book dismantles stereotypes on both sides of the Tiber. Anyone trying to bridge the worlds of Evangelicalism and Catholicism will benefit from the wisdom Castaldo brings to the conversation.” -- Bryan M. Litfin, , Author

“Chris Castaldo is eminently qualified to address this topic, knows both Catholics and Evangelicals well, has a sense of humor, writes clearly, and displays a deep knowledge of the events and doctrinal differences surrounding the Reformation and the rupture it caused in the church. May this balanced treatment provide needed understanding for Catholics and Protestants alike.” -- Ralph E. Mackenzie, , Director

“A refreshing change…[Castaldo] shows respect for the tradition from which he departed” -- Francis J. Beckwith, , Professor

“I teach a seminary course on Roman Catholic theology and have been looking for a simple, practical, popular-level book for my students to read so they can understand two issues: what is it like for Catholics to become Evangelical followers of Jesus Christ, and how can these former Catholics live and share the good news with their Catholic relatives and friends? Chris Castaldo’s Holy Ground is the book for which I have been searching!” -- Gregg R. Allison, , Professor

“In a culture in which theological disagreements are treated as no different from matters of taste, Chris Castaldo’s Holy Ground is a refreshing change. He is a former Catholic turned Evangelical Protestant who shows respect for the tradition from which he departed while at the same time not shying away from the doctrinal issues over which Catholics and Protestants are in serious disagreement. He has a knack for clearly and charitably explaining to Evangelicals the diverse factions within Catholicism and how each thinks about its commitment to Scripture, church, and walking with Christ. Although one may find oneself disagreeing with how Pastor Castaldo conveys or presents a particular doctrine or historical event, as I did on more than one occasion while reading this book, one cannot help but be impressed by his efforts to sincerely and graciously assess the issues that continue to divide, as well as unite, Protestants and Catholics.” -- Francis J. Beckwith, , Professor of Psychology

Meet the Author

Chris Castaldo (PhD) was raised on Long Island, New York, as a Roman Catholic and worked full-time in the Catholic Church for several years. After eight years as pastor of outreach and church planting at College Church (Wheaton, Ill.), followed by three years as Director of the Ministry of Gospel Renewal at Wheaton College, Chris currently serves as Lead Pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, IL. He is the author of Holy Ground: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic and Talking with Catholics about the Gospel: A Guide for Evangelicals. Chris blogs at www.chriscastaldo.com

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